Theo Epstein is nothing if not logical, so we wouldn't be shocked to learn that the Red Sox' bloodless general manager is quietly shopping David Ortiz this off-season. We have no hard evidence to support this suspicion, mind you. It's just that, if certain things fall into place during the hot stove season, it makes more sense than some of us wish to admit. Consider: Should the Red Sox win the Mark Teixeira lottery -- and we're absolutely convinced that a lucrative-bordering-on-obscene offer will be forthcoming from Yawkey Way -- manager Terry Francona will be obligated to try to cram four high-quality everyday players (Ortiz, Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis, Mike Lowell) into three positions (third base, first base, designated hitter). Rather than dealing with that conundrum (not to mention the egos), it's more likely that the Sox would deal one of the quartet -- most likely Lowell, assuming he returns in good form after hip surgery. But it's no longer blasphemous to suggest that Epstein should at least gauge interest in the 33-year-old Ortiz as well. (Boston Globe) Comment
Donnie Walsh is set to pull the trigger on his first substantive move as Knicks president, The New York Post has learned. Knicks sources said a deal for Al Harrington was to go through late yesterday, but was delayed until today. A league conference call is scheduled for this morning that would bring the disgruntled Warriors forward to the Knicks, presumably for Malik Rose. Harrington has two years left on his deal--currently $9.3 million with $10M guaranteed on tap in 2009-10. Rose, attractive to the Warriors because of his expiring contract, is set to make $7.64 million this year. The deal can be made one-for-one because their salaries are within 25 percent (plus 100G) of each other. (New York Post) Comment
What does the future hold for Bengals wide receiver Chad Ocho Cinco in Cincinnati? His agent isn't sure. Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN that Ocho Cinco's fate is in Bengals owner Mike Brown's hands. "We know we're not going to bully our way out of Cincinnati," Rosenhaus said. "It's going to be Mike Brown's way or no way at all. It's going to be up to Mike Brown. He's going to decide whether or not Chad's going to be with the team in the future and we're going to basically take a low-key approach to that." (Dayton Daily News) Comment
Michigan's David Merritt tries to protect the ball -- and himself -- from UCLA's Malcom Lee in the first half of Thursday's stunning 55-52 win over No. 4 UCLA. (AP)
LSU fans verbally berate an undercover LSU student reporter posing as an Alabama fan.
1973 -- Cincinnati's Pete Rose wins the NL MVP award. 1971 -- The New York Rangers score an NHL-record eight goals in one period. 1956 -- Don Newcombe wins the NL MVP and first Cy Young award. 1934 -- The New York Yankees buy Joe DiMaggio from the San Francisco Seals.
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